Jinder Mahal’s opponent for WWE’s two-show tour of India in December has been revealed.
While promoting the upcoming tour in India on Friday, Mahal appeared on the set of WWE Sunday Dhamaal (WWE’s weekly Hindi-language program) to reveal that Kevin Owens would be challenging him for the WWE Championship on the two shows.
Mahal made note of the announcement in a tweet.
— The Maharaja (@JinderMahal) October 13, 2017
Mahal defending against a heel would seem to indicate that he’ll be presented as a complete babyface in the country.
The shows will take place at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Dec. 8 and 9. Mahal, the Singh Brothers, and Owens will be appearing at them despite it being a Raw-branded tour. Others who have been advertised for the events are Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, The Miz, Sasha Banks, and Bayley.
Before going to India, the Raw roster will be in Abu Dhabi for a show on Dec. 7. Mahal, The Singh Brothers, and Owens haven’t been advertised for that event.
WWE announcing that Mahal will be defending his WWE Championship against Owens in India could mean that his reign is planned to last through at least those shows. The next SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view will be Clash of Champions on Dec. 17.
Mahal’s creative direction is currently unclear after he didn’t appear on this week’s episode of SmackDown LIVE.